Up In The Air On Hoops For Unique Workout


BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– This workout will have you balancing on a hoop in no time. It consists of a hoop, made of steel, hung from the ceiling. And yes, it is quite challenging for people with very little upper body strength. The warm up was the easy part of the class. It was up in the air after that.

This is aerial hoop, offered at FormFitting Fitness in Brookfield.

“The hoops are suspended from the ceiling,” said owner and instructor Lauren Straub. “They are each at a different height, some of them are single, some of them are double.”

Hung by a single rope or two, Straub has students moving gracefully, in and out, hanging and spinning, strengthening the core and upper body muscles.

“Everybody gets nervous,” said Straub. “Oh, I don’t have the upper body strength to try it, I’m not coordinated, that all builds over time.”

The more advanced can do multiple combinations.

“You’ll start seeing muscle, you’ll start seeing tone, definition, not only in your shoulders, your arms, your back, your shoulders, your stomach too,” said Straub. “Especially because you are using your core to pull yourself in.”

At a glance, it does look something out of Cirque du Soliel.

“You don’t have to have previous dance, ballet, gymnastics, anybody can try this,” said Straub.

Rachel Dinho signed up for it just six months ago.

“I couldn’t even do a pull up,” said Dinho. “I couldn’t even pull myself into a pull up.”

Hard to believe, seeing what she is able to do now.

“I feel like sometimes the gym, like the treadmill, it really was boring to me,” said Dinho. “I wanted to work out, I wanted to do something fun.”

Jill Berg is in tip top shape.

“I am 53-years old and I have never been this strong in my life or flexible I don’t think,” said Berg. “It’s really empowering for me, like I walk out of here and it’s like, oh my god, what I did tonight was amazing. Like I’d never thought I would be able to do it in my life.”

There are different hand positions to learn, to pull yourself up and over. You have to start somewhere, like the side mount.

“You’re going to put your hands like this, on your tip toes, give a little jump, and one leg up,” said Straub.

With absolutely no upper body strength, I jumped up and got on the hoop, but it was not very pretty.

“Everybody has their own comfort level that they are at,” said Straub. “Some people will take slower than others and other people just jump right into it.”

The class is about an hour long. It is only for women.

For more information, log onto www.formfittingfitness.com.

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